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Lobos take 2 of 3 in MW finale vs. Air Force

Brandon Ortega
May 14, 2018 06:51 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The University of New Mexico baseball team closed out conference play strong, taking two of three from Air Force.


UNM picked up their second series win in their last three weeks, wrapping up the Mountain West schedule with an 11-19.

The Lobos appear to be moving in the right direction heading into their final week of the season.

"It's very hard to play at Colorado Springs, so I was proud of the kids," head coach Ray Birmingham said. "Taking two out of three there is a big deal. First game was pitching. [Justin] Slaten pitched really well. [Christian] Tripp did really well. Second game, we hit really well."

The weekend wasn't just about the game.

Lio Ortega, a 4-year-old battling cancer, has a special bond with Lobo baseball. Last year he traveled to Albuquerque from Colorado Springs to throw out the first pitch. This time around, the Lobos came to him.

Ortega took the first at-bat of the game on Saturday. UNM and Air Force helped him around the bases. He eventually made his way to third where Birmingham waved him home.

Ortega then crossed home plate and celebrated with both the Lobos and Falcons.

"It was a beautiful moment. It was a beautiful deal," Birmingham said. "Lio's dad played for me and yeah – there wasn't a dry eye in the place, baby."


Brandon Ortega

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